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German president looks to soothe city roiled by anti-migrant clashes

Europe
20.02.2018
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Berlin (dpa) - German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is looking to smooth over tensions roiling an eastern German city, after ongoing violent clashes between refugees and locals drew national attention.

After meeting with representatives from Cottbus, including the city‘s mayor, in Berlin on Tuesday, Steinmeier announced that he would go to the city in June for further discussions. No concrete details from the two-hour meeting on Tuesday were officially disclosed.

Hundreds of right-leaning demonstrators have staged several protests in Cottbus since the start of 2018, leading to violence between the residents and refugees. In response, police presence has been bumped up, and refugees are not being sent to the city for the time being.

Cottbus Mayor Holger Kelch, who was one of the guests on Tuesday, described the talks as open, important and encouraging, a spokesman for the city said. Other guests included representatives of the local football league, the chamber of commerce and the human rights centre.

Steinmeier publicly thanked the representatives after the meeting for their work towards making the city a better place for coexistence.

 

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